This pattern is for a 'Robe a la Francaise' as they call it, otherwise known as a Marie Antoinette / Rococo gown.
The pattern size I used was 8 and to me it fitted good. Nothing was too large or too small that I couldn't adjust it slightly to make it fit.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Well, I made it wider than it shows on the photo but yeah, it looked the same.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Overall it wasn't too hard. The back has pleating and that was not easy at all!! I had to look up how other people do it, to understand what the h*ll they meant. Especially because you can lace the back of the bodice up from the inside. That's one tough cookie. Other than that, it's not a pattern only experts can handle.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the shape of the gown a lot and it allowed me to make it wider.
Dislike: hmmm, the pleating at the back wasn't explained good enough.
I used up a lot of fabric on this gown (like 10 meters if I recall right) so I wanted a cheaper fabric to not go bankrupt. So I bought a silky deep pink fabric. Not the best decision I made I must say. It slipped away too many times so not everything is as neatly sewn as I want it to be.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made the gown wider to give it more grandeur (I like big bigger biggest). Also I wanted different decoration than the one in the pattern so I went to floral embroidery and green vines with flowers on the side. Also I sewed one side of the 'stomacher' part to the bodice. The other side is secured with hooks and eyes.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would because it's the exact design I like. The backside of the gown was the most difficult and if this is your first project you might want to consider another pattern looking like this one(and there is!).
Lovely pattern, overall good instructions but beware if you have no experience at all. Other than that: oui oui, go for it!